Following a big run such as the City-Bay, massage can help assist in your recovery and restore function to injured soft tissue (muscles, tendons and ligaments).
A good recovery may involve the use of various types of massage such as remedial or sports as well as a range of other physiotherapy treatments.
Sports massage combines different techniques to enhance performance and recuperation, and is an effective component of any training program.
By targeting the various muscle groups that a runner uses with stretching, deep tissue work and various range of motion techniques, flexibility and circulation are increased and soreness and pain are decreased. By keeping the muscles lengthened and out of spasm (which shortens the muscle fibers), the muscles maintain maximum firing power to do their work.
Sports massage is wonderful as a pre-event conditioning adjunct as well as a post-event soreness/pain reduction modality. Our physiotherapists and massage therapists see a wide variety of athletes and fitness enthusiasts including cyclists, marathon runners, swimmers, soccer players, weight trainers, tennis players, golfers, dancers and more.
Sports massage can be of benefit to the amateur weekend athlete as well as the professional.
The benefits to massage include:
- Assists in relaxation.
- Reduces anxiety and stress.
- Improves blood flow, benefiting the circulatory and lymphatic systems.
- Relieves muscular tightness and pain, neck and shoulder tension, muscle spasm and cramps.
- Assists in the management and prevention of headaches.
- Increases joint movements and flexibility.
- Helps in the elimination of waste and toxins.
- Promotes the healing of injured tissues.
- Assists with injury prevention, rehabilitation and recovery.
- Facilitates muscle imbalance assessment and treatment.
- Reduces excessive scar tissue formation.
Benefits to post-event massage include:
- Massage will promote recovery and relieve pain.
- Ease inflammation.
- Assists with muscle repair and reduce the production of cytokines.
- Massage stimulates mitochondria which is found inside cells and convert into energy essential for cell repair.
- Stroking encourages blood flow to muscular vessels. This helps injured muscles gain better access to nutrition and energy.
- Deep muscle massage techniques improve oxygen levels and aid in flushing out toxins that build up during a run.
- Stretching muscles relieves tension.
- Massage is beneficial for restoring elasticity and breaking down scar tissue.
If you have an enquiry or would like to make an appointment with our physiotherapy or massage team, contact 08 8362 8122.